Torah Talk: Teaching Parshat haShavua to Young Children

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dc.contributor.author Horowitz, Shira
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-27T17:29:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-27T17:29:02Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10192/39020
dc.description.abstract Is it possible to study parshat hashavua—the weekly Torah portion—with young children? In this paper, the author provides an in-depth, detailed exploration of “Torah Talk”, a teaching method she has pioneered with kindergartners and first graders involving a consistent, predictable structure and approach. The Torah Talk method has four key components: (1) Telling/ retelling one or more aspects of the weekly parasha (2) Acting out those passages (3) The specific component also called “Torah Talk” (sharing comments and questions), and (4) writing and/or drawing in Torah Journals. The author demonstrates how this method creates a culture of shared learning and a community of learners even among the youngest students. She argues that, given the right structures, young children can learn parshat hashavua in a way that is developmentally appropriate yet still takes the text—and the children—seriously, helps them develop general literacy skills and Jewish literacy, and engages them in the age-old Jewish enterprise of engaged textual interpretation.
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is one of a series of working papers on the teaching of Jewish studies, available for free download from the website of the Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies, a project of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. http://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/projects/bridginginitiative.html
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher The Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies;Working Paper No. 8
dc.title Torah Talk: Teaching Parshat haShavua to Young Children
dc.type Working Paper


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